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1961 Documented theca with first-class relic of Martyr Pope Anicetus

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1961 Documented theca with first-class relic of Martyr Pope Anicetus

Round silvered brass reliquary theca housing the first-class-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics of Saint Martyr Pope Anicetus. The relic is affixed to a red silk ground decorated with hand-painted floral ornamentation and identified in Latin on a typeset cedula label as S. Aniceti, P. M.  (Saint Anicetus, Pope & Martyr).  On the back, under a protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Enrico Romolo Compagnone O.C.D. (†1989), Bishop Anagni, Italy (1953 - 1972). The relic is accompanied by an original matching authentics document issued and signed in 1961 by Fr. Compagnone. The document is laminated in clear plastic for safekeeping. 

Saint Pope and  Martyr Anicetus was the eleventh bishop of Rome from c. 157 to his death in April 168. According to church tradition, Anicetus suffered martyrdom during the reign of Emperor Lucius Verus. His feast day is celebrated on 20 April.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 10-RSMIS10-6
  • Size: 31 mm (1 1/4 inches) across
  • Age: ca. 1961
  • Origin: Central Italy
  • Materials: brass, glass, silk, Spanish wax
  • Price: $575
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